Just back from the European Respiratory Society Congress in Milan and a very worthwhile few days catching up with old friends and colleagues and the latest research.
My impressions of Milan – lovely city with great food, wine and friendly people but it does rain a lot at this time of year.
My impressions of the Conference – despite the complex layout of the Conference Centre and mixed format of some of the sessions – it was still a very good conference with some excellent examples of innovative research including; novel biomarkers, new therapeutic targets, disease phenotyping towards personalised medicine and of course lots of sputum work – all very cutting-edge science.
What I particularly like about the ERS is that it is very inclusive and attracts researchers on the quality of their science (and for those under 40 years old membership is free).
So here we are 6 weeks on and it’s been very busy.
Two trips to Spain for training in sputum induction and processing for a trail of a new cystic fibrosis drug, and nearer to home in London for training on nasal sampling and sputum induction for an allergic asthma treatment. A real contrast of audience from very large commercial organisations to small academic teams, which makes for a varied life and as always a pleasure and a privilege to meet these talented and dedicated teams.
In between times, I am now a fellow of Kings College London and working with the Institute of Pharmaceutical Science there to set up a central Laboratory and training school plus planning more trips across Europe for the rest of the year and into next.
The company is now a full six weeks old, all set up, and now with this great website! (many thanks to Phillip Dean Beckwith for creating it)
While all this has been happening I have also been to the ERS at the Excel London and caught up with colleagues old and (hopefully new!), attended and presented at an Investigator Meeting in Germany, and carried out three on-site training sessions with many more at the planning stage across Europe.